Wisconsin Sues Over Rule Allowing Healthcare Discrimination
In response to an upcoming rule change allowing health care providers and insurers to discriminate against women, LGBTQ and non-English speaking individuals, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is suing to halt the rule’s implementation. Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable praised Kaul’s leadership and stressed the necessity of equal access to health insurance for everyone.
“We continue to affirm fair and equal access to health insurance coverage and benefits for all Wisconsinites,” said Afable. “Banning discrimination requires that we all work together to call out unfair application of the law.” Wisconsin joins a 23-state coalition that filed a lawsuit on July 20 against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and head of HHS Office of Civil Rights Roger Severino. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.